The Scripture tells us that as members of the church we “are the body of Christ and individually members of it.” -I Corinthians 12:27
I have always believed that as the church we find our strength, joy and purpose in the Lordship of Jesus Christ our great Shepherd and head. To me the church comes down to three B’s. They are Belong, Believe, Become. We are first invited by Jesus to Belong to Him. He calls us, He welcomes us, He accepts and encourages us. Secondly, we are given the opportunity to Believe in Jesus. Believing in Jesus means to give our heart to Him. When we give our heart to Jesus the Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, assures us that we have been forgiven and calls us to a new life in Christ. Which leads us to Become what God intends for us in Jesus Christ. As members of Christ’s body, we are called to put off the old life and put on the new life led by the Sprit and the fruits of the Spirit that bear forth in us. The love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control present in our lives are the signs of the changes God brings in our Becoming more Christ like.
I want to encourage each of us to see the church as something that we are. Let us view the church not as a place we attend but a people we are a part of and a witness we are called to be.
I look forward to being the church with you!
Pastor Roger Patton
Soli Deo Gloria